Aims, Scope and Impact

Perspectives on Terrorism advances scholarship on a broad range of issues associated with the interdisciplinary study of terrorism and counter-terrorism. The following subjects can be considered for publication in the journal:

• historical analysis and evolving trends;

• (counter-)extremism and (counter-/de-)radicalisation;

• terrorist group practices, tactics, strategies, and decision-making;

• social networks and (emerging) technologies;

• CBRN weapons;

• the links between terrorism and organised crime;

• counter-terrorism practices, policies, and strategies;

• legal dimensions of (counter-)terrorism

• social, political, and societal considerations of (counter-)terrorism

• moral and ethical dimensions of counter-terrorism;

• and forecasting the future of terrorism & counter-terrorism. 

For other subjects not clearly fitting into the list above, please contact the editorial team to discuss eligibility. PT also considers special sections on thematically linked articles. Please contact the editorial team to discuss.


Our journal seeks to provide a platform for scholars, whether established or early in their careers, from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds, geographical regions, as well as practitioners engaged in research and analysis on countering terrorism. The editors invite researchers and readers to:

• use the journal as a forum for debate and commentary on issues related to the above;

• present their perspectives on the prevention of, and response to, terrorism and related forms of violent conflict; and

• submit to the journal accounts of evidence-based, empirical scientific research and analyses on terrorism.


The journal contains research articles, research notes, and bibliographic resources from experienced researchers and practitioners, as well as from more recent newcomers to the field. All research articles are double-blind peer-reviewed by subject matter experts. Research notes are occasional pieces discussing a specific research method or ongoing project. They are reviewed internally by the PT editors, and are clearly distinguished from the peer-reviewed research articles. One of the unique features of Perspectives on Terrorism is its extensive bibliographies, which reflect the width and depth of scholarship in the field of studies on terrorism and counter-terrorism as no other journal does. In addition, the journal occasionally provides ‘living’ databases of upcoming conferences, book reviews, and online resources.


Impact and Referencing

Perspectives on Terrorism has been ranked by Google Scholar as No. 3 in ‘Terrorism Studies” (as well as No. 5 in “Military Studies”). It is archived by the JSTOR collection in security studies, and is indexed by SCOPUS along with several other scholarly information resources. Jouroscope™, the directory of scientific journals, has listed PT as one of the top ten journals in the category ‘free open access journals in social sciences’, with a Q1 ranking. 

The journal has close to 8,000 registered subscribers and many more occasional readers and website visitors in academia, government and civil society worldwide. Subscription is free and registration to receive an e-mail of each quarterly issue of the journal can be found at the bottom of our website page. 

ISSN number: 2334-3745



Perspectives on Terrorism is a non-partisan journal. Impartiality, objectivity, and accuracy are guiding principles that we adhere to. PT is particularly sensitive to issues of diversity and equality. In this regard, submissions from young scholars, females and non-Western authors are strongly encouraged. The journal also seeks to represent diversity and equality in its editorial board.